Apartment Therapy Archive - November 2012
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Before & After: Unfinished Basement Into “Organized Chaos” Play Space
Julie’s basement needed some work to become a cozier spot for her kids to play and she also wanted it to be a relaxing, attractive spot for the whole family. The new room has big changes: new floor, new ceiling and painted walls as well as furniture and storage.Julie shares: When we moved into our new home, the basement was unfinished. I had dreams of making it into a world-class chaos wrangler, I mean playroom.
Nov 14, 2012
How To Make Easy Thanksgiving Stuffing
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Anyone else here think that the stuffing is the best part of Thanksgiving dinner? As the self-designated stuffing-maker in our house, I’ve tweaked and tested my recipe over the years until finally settling on this one easy method. • How To Make Stuffing The Kitchn
Nov 13, 2012
Seasonal Fruit Centerpieces
In the summer, using fresh fruit to create pretty centerpieces is common. As the temperatures drop, however, it’s easy to forget that seasonal fruit still makes for fantastic arrangements. • Seasonal Fruit Centerpieces Apartment Therapy
Nov 13, 2012
Tips for Mailing Food to Troops Overseas
(Image credit: Gregory Han) Do you have a friend or loved one on active duty overseas? If you’d like to send them a holiday food package this season, here are a few rules to keep in mind when shipping edible goodies to troops overseas: • Mailing Food to Troops The Kitchn
Nov 13, 2012
Dinnerware on a Budget
My first time hosting Thanksgiving, I found myself with a serious lack of dinnerware. Don’t let a lack of dinnerware keep you from entertaining. Take a look at this roundup of affordable dinnerware sets… • Dinnerware on a Budget Apartment Therapy
Nov 13, 2012
Easy Holiday Decor: Birch Branches
Birch branches are plentiful at many garden centers and floral departments this time of year, and their sparse beauty can be used a number of ways, from elegant centerpieces to chic alternatives to traditional evergreen trees. • Birch Branch Decor Apartment Therapy
Nov 12, 2012
How To Cook a Turkey
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Are you roasting a whole turkey for the first time this year? Or perhaps you want a quick refresher to brush up on the basics? We’ll help you make your mama proud with these step-by-step instructions for roasting a delicious turkey. • How to Cook a Turkey The Kitchn
Nov 12, 2012
Thanksgiving Kids’ Table Decor
A kids’ table for Thanksgiving is attractive for a lot of families. Here’s a selection of decorating ideas sure to help make your young guests happy to gather around their own little celebration. • Kids Table Decor Apartment Therapy
Nov 12, 2012
15 Savory Dishes for a Potluck Party
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Call me crazy, but I love a good holiday potluck. But finding that perfect dish that will simultaneously please and impress, plus be easy to shuttle along in a car or on a bus, is no small feat. Perhaps one of these this year? • 15 Potluck Dishes The Kitchn
Nov 9, 2012
A Repurposed Kitchen Island
Once Liz started searching for an island with the proper measurements for her kitchen, she realized she might require a custom solution and a DIY plan. Here’s what she came up with… • A Repurposed Kitchen Island Apartment Therapy
Nov 9, 2012
Stain Lab: Which Rugs Passed the Test?
image:9005020c22bc6ddd80a8e262a48e479d89c22c36 w:540 s:"fit" class_name:"mt-image-center" show_pin_button:"true" show_image_credits:"true" I love the look of natural fiber rugs, with their warm colors and nubby textures. I want to buy one for my dining room but am scarred from previous experiences with sisal rugs, which stained so easily.
Nov 9, 2012
Tips and Tutorials About Meat
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) How do you cook and shred a pork shoulder? How do you carve a roast chicken? What’s the secret to crispy skin? The answers to all these, plus many, many more in our definitive tips, tricks, and techniques guide to MEAT. • 28 Tips & Tutorials About Meat The Kitchn
Nov 9, 2012
A Hostess Vents About Failure To RSVP
It seems like people have become woefully rude and negligent at RSVPing to invitations. Is the shift to electronic invitations the problem here? Are people just plain ruder now? Busier? Both? • Failure to RSVP Apartment Therapy
Nov 9, 2012
10 Fall Recipes for Bacon Lovers
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Bacon really does make everything taste better. Just a little bit of that salty, savory flavor is enough to raise an otherwise ordinary dish into new stratospheres of enjoyment. Here are 10 recipes we’re currently craving: • 10 Recipes for Bacon Lovers The Kitchn
Nov 8, 2012
Before & After: DIY Custom Kitchen Island
When Liz and her husband completed their kitchen renovation, they still couldn’t agree on whether or not to add an island. Liza was a fan of the idea, but her husband was concerned about overwhelming their space. After months of debate, and recent entertaining experiences, Liz decided to take the bull by the horns.Once Liz started searching for an island with the proper measurements for her kitchen, she realized that such a specific size might require a custom solution.
Nov 8, 2012
5 Essential Tips for Home Cooks
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Jodi Liano and Catherine Patsios recently launched The San Francisco Cooking School, a new professional cooking school that also has an extensive home cooking program. They have a real understanding of what a home cook needs to know. Here are their top tips: • Essential Tips for Home Cooks The
Nov 8, 2012
How To Deal with a Downed Tree
Whether it’s a tornado, flood, high winds, or a hurricane that causes a tree to go down, there are lots of things to think about. How to clean it up, what to do with all of that wood, and ultimately how to replace it are questions that come to mind. • Dealing with a Downed
Nov 8, 2012
5 Great Brews for Beer-Loving Guests
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) What should you serve if you have a special guest coming who you know to be a beer aficionado? Here are five beers that should do the trick. • 5 Great Brews The Kitchn
Nov 7, 2012
Choosing Wisely: Tips for Getting the Perfect Paint Color Every Time
Sometimes there is nothing quite so daunting as a big, blank wall, waiting to be painted. With all the time, money and effort that painting entails, you want to be sure that you’re actually going to like the finished product. Read on for some tips on how to choose color wisely.Consider your light. First of all, you should be realistic about your space and the colors that will work within it, and light plays a big role here.
Nov 7, 2012
A Beautiful Reuse of Honey Bear Containers
Emma and Elsie of the blog A Beautiful Mess know how to transform ordinary objects into something special. They shared this simple and sweet idea for turning honey containers into a whimsical golden vase. • Reuse Your Honey Bears Apartment Therapy
Nov 7, 2012
How To Make Chunky Granola Clusters
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) I love chunky, clumpy sheets of granola that hold together until you chop them up. And I finally found two significant elements that will help you get deliciously clustered granola! • How To Make Chunky Granola Clusters The Kitchn
Nov 6, 2012
Dark vs. Light Floors in the Kitchen
If you had to pick, which would it be – the rich elegance of a dark floor or the crisp, airy feeling of white floors? When deciding between these two extremes, there’s more to consider than what initially meets the eye… • Dark vs. Light Floors Apartment Therapy
Nov 6, 2012
Pamela’s Blank Canvas Goes Bold
Name: Pamela BeecroftLocation: Washington, DCSize: 800 square feetYears lived in: 4 months (at the time of the tour); Rented When the owner of her rental apartment suddenly decided to move back in, Pam found herself scrambling to find a new place to live. With few options (it was winter…not a lot of available apartments) and very little time to search, she was forced to move from a smaller space with plenty of soul and character to a larger and more impersonal place.
Nov 6, 2012
Panna: The Best Digital Cooking Magazine
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Panna is a brand new bi-monthly digital cooking magazine that comes to your iPad through a free app, and it is, quite frankly, amazing. Read on for more on how Panna works and for why I think this magazine is so terrific. • Panna Digital Cooking Magazine The Kitchn
Nov 6, 2012
Photographing Products: 4 Useful Tutorials
Today I’m sharing a few approachable tutorials written by a handful of great bloggers. With a few useful tips, as well as a little thought to your setup, you’ll be on your way to great photos in no time. • Photographing Products Apartment Therapy
Nov 6, 2012
Your Home as a Catalyst to Your Dreams
Home is a place to sleep, to eat, to hang out with your family and your friends. It can also be the place where you get started working on those big dreams of yours. • Home as a Catalyst to Dreams Apartment Therapy
Nov 5, 2012
Election Night Cocktail: The El Presidente
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) The name itself and the fact that it’s delicious make the El Presidente cocktail the perfect drink of choice while you’re nervously waiting out the election results on Tuesday. • An Election Night Cocktail Recipe The Kitchn
Nov 5, 2012
15 Fabulous Ways To Eat Fall Vegetables
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We’ve run across so many recipes lately for fall vegetables we just couldn’t possibly keep them to ourselves. Here are a few of our favorites that have already gone into our “to make soon” pile. See one that catches your eye? • Fall Vegetables The Kitchn
Nov 5, 2012
A Multipurpose Kitchen Shelf
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We absolutely love the look of this bookshelf. Don’t you? The top half is great for storing cookbooks, dishes, and serving ware, while the small cubby drawers on the bottom are perfect for flatware… • Beautiful Kitchen Shelf The Kitchn
Nov 2, 2012
15 Hostess Gifts Under $15
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) Hostess gifts don’t have to be expensive, but they should make the recipient feel like they’re getting a special treat — a bottle of elderflower soda, for example, or a tin of wild harvested tea. Here are 15 favorites: • 15 Hostess Gifts Under $15 The Kitchn
Nov 2, 2012
On Introducing Fine Cheese To Children
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) There’s something to be said for exposing young kids to new flavors. Sharing food builds bond and prepares your young’ins for a life full of unique and fulfilling food experiences. Plus, it’s much more fun to raise an adventurous eater than a picky one. • Make Mongers of the Kids
Nov 2, 2012
Use the Color Wheel to Choose Complimentary Colors
Remember the color wheel? Colors that lie opposite to one another on the wheel are especially pleasing together. Here’s how to make it work for you. • Complimentary Colors Apartment Therapy
Nov 1, 2012
How To Make Sparkling Cider at Home
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) We’re always amazed by how truly easy it is to make things like sparkling cider at home. All you do is add a bit of yeast to some juice, bottle in recycled soda bottles, and wait for it to carbonate. Presto chango, fizzy cider! • How To Make Sparkling Cider
Nov 1, 2012
Maker Tour: Visiting Brooklyn Soda Works
(Image credit: Apartment Therapy) It all started on a whim. Back in early 2010, Antonio, a chemist, and his partner Caroline, an artist, just wanted to make a good ginger beer at home, but what followed was the basis for a new business… • Brooklyn Soda Works The Kitchn
Nov 1, 2012
Round Dining Tables for Small Spaces
Round dining tables tend to work great in small spaces and traffic flows easily around the shape of circular table. Here are 5 modern round dining tables to consider. • Round Dining Tables Apartment Therapy
Nov 1, 2012